Football Mid North Coast: Macleay Valley Rangers lose key players for grand final

Kurt Riordan celebrates after scoring Rangers' second goal on Saturday.
Kurt Riordan celebrates after scoring Rangers' second goal on Saturday.

The Macleay Valley Rangers will be without four instrumental players for their grand final decider as they have been ruled out through suspension and injury.

Sam Applegate, Kurt Riordan and Brett Morn received two yellow cards in the three finals games, which is an automatic one-game suspension.

Applegate and Riordan have been key players this year with Applegate providing the match winner in the first semi-final with United while Riordan scored Rangers’ second goal on Saturday.

Morn has been a vital piece off the bench for the Rangers throughout the season.

Meanwhile Ben Mitchell has been ruled out as he failed to receive clearance to return from an injury he sustained a fortnight ago.

“It’s a huge loss to be without them,” Rangers coach Keith Morn said.

“Ben is probably the best defender to come through the club while Kurt is a valuable player in the midfield,” Keith said.

“Sam’s attacking ability is nearly impossible to replace.”

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